My dad was responsible for getting me interested in stereo equipment. He was always talking about jazz and hunting for records. It all started in December 1967 when he brought home some large boxes and began to unpack them.
The original system included a Dual 1010 turntable, Marsland M200 amplifier, and M400 tuner, and Marsland LaPetite loudspeakers. The first thing we heard out of the system was a local FM station playing Cannonball Adderley in stereo. It sounded amazing, very warm and clear as the Marsland components used germanium transistors.
My mom did not care for the components being “out in the open” and had my grandfather build a custom console which you can see in the picture with a Sony tape deck added when dad gave me the system in 1975. I quickly outgrew the Marslands and moved on to Yamaha, Sansui and Kenwood components.
In fact, my decison to take electronics at College in the early 80s was because of this love for audio equipment which is still interesting and relevant to me.